"My work is generally based on observation of my environment, or what surrounds me. Landscapes, public places such as museums, libraries pubs, etc... This feeds my imagination, produces ideas, and the result of this has variously been described as realist narrative, with a touch of surrealism."
Born in Ghent, Belgium and currently residing in the USA, Max Werner studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London, and the Slade School of Art, University College London where he later taught Printmaking in both schools until 1990 when he set up his own etching workshop in London.
In 1997 Max Werner moved to Argentina, and until 2003 worked in Buenos Aires. Commissioned for 3 years in succession by the Art House Gallery of Buenos Aires, he travelled extensively across the different regions of Argentina, producing a body of work which consisted in its majority of large landscapes painted on canvas, although a lot of those landscapes contain observations of the various rural activities of those regions, such as cattle auctions, gauchos, and their horses, etc…
In 2003, Werner moved to the USA. Two of the most important public commissions Max worked on were in 1991, with the decoration of the Lisbon "Enter Campos" Underground Station, using the unique technique of etching on limestone. The other was a painting for the Household Cavalry (Queen Elizabeth II personal regiment) in 2003 for an event in London called "The Presentation of Standards and Guidons Parade" in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. Max has exhibited over the years in many countries in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.
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